Fourteen Years and Counting

Today, August 8, 2007, marks my 14-year anniversary as an employee of Logos.
It was back in the summer of 1993, after I graduated from college, that I pestered my way into a job at a small Bible software company that had just moved to my hometown of Oak Harbor, WA. I would never have dreamed that I would grow and the company would grow in the ways we have.
I started in the sales department, answering calls from magazine ads to our 800 number. I can remember devouring the old Logos 1.6 product (on DOS 6.2/Windows 3.1, no less). This was before we even had company email at Logos; before we even had a web page at Logos.com. Hey, some of you long-time Logos users may have even purchased your software from me.
After two and a half years in sales, I moved over to the technical side of the operation, writing short programs to turn files supplied from publishers into Logos books. We worked on pioneering the pre-publication process with projects like Kittel’s 10-volume TDNT and the Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek lexicon.
This has continued to change and evolve as both Logos and I have developed; now I get to play around with the annotation of Greek corpora on multiple levels, (that’s “syntax”, which I’ve blogged about a few times :)) and think about ways to represent that information and make it more accessible and profitable for exegesis of the Holy Scriptures.
Along the way, I met and married a wonderful woman and began a family. What an awesome blessing!
I can’t underscore enough what a great place Logos is to work; and what great friends the people I work with have become. Bob and Dale Pritchett, along with my colleagues Eli Evans, Vincent Setterholm, Michael Heiser, Steve Runge and Sean Boisen (and their respective families) are less like colleagues and more like family to me. They challenge me, they encourage me, and they keep me honest. Working here is fun and rewarding. And the cook-offs!
As year 15 begins, I’m more excited than ever. We have some really cool stuff we’re working on. Have you followed Sean Boisen’s Bible Knowledgebase posts? And have you heard about BibleTech 2008? That’s only the tip of the iceberg. I’m anxious to see where it all leads, and I’m privileged to play a part, however small, in making it happen.
Of course, you might be able to come and join us. We have a bunch of jobs posted online. Don’t let the old dates on some of the descriptions fool you; these are typically standing openings—if you’re the right person, we want to talk with you. So if any of this stuff sounds like it is up your alley, then check out the jobs page and come join the fun. Maybe you’ll be writing your own “Fourteen Years and Counting” blog post on the Logos blog in years to come!

Comments

  1. Steve Maling says:

    Congratulations! And many happy returns!!
    We in the great world which our Lord has blessed by gathering and guiding Logos are grateful for your work and for the verve and elan with which you do it:)
    Steve

  2. Congratulations! I thank God the Father and I thank you for your years of temporal-life employment and spiritual-life ministry.
    Your fruitfulness has abounded and will manifest significant gold, silver and precious stones at the ????. The Lord knows how many pastors you have helped to equip and how many sheep have been fed through those pastors.
    If you ever have moments where you’re tested by doubts and wondering if it’s worth it be sure to email me and I will remind you how worthwhile it has all been.
    On behalf of Austin Bible Church, thanks again!

  3. Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations on 14 years well spent! You’ve had a part in major Bible-study advances. Bravo, and here’s to 14 more great years.

  5. I appreciate your faithfulness to an organization that means so much to me. Logos would not shine as brightly without the talent and loyalty of the team that produces products. The products have given me quality devotions without labor intensity. Thanks for your years of service and avoiding the temptation of job hopping.

  6. Rick,
    I went to the link for the Logos jobs, but I saw none for someone with no training, and no transferable skills…
    Please update your site :)